Biddy has recently become a finalist in the Melbourne Music Prize Outstanding Musicians Award. The award will be announced in early November 2016 and, along will all the other esteemed finalists, Biddy's work will be part of a public exhibition at Federation Square from November 7 - 21, 2016.
Biddy Connor has composed, arranged and performed for a diverse range of projects including film, television, theatre, large-scale community events and installations.
She plays viola, musical saw, piano and sings.
She has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Vocalist: Improvisation Stream Victorian College of the Arts, 1995) and a Masters of Screen Composition (AFTRS 2005). She is currently taking part in the Solo Residency course at Victoria University.
Biddy is currently curating a season of performances by The Letter String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Some career highlights include:
- Performing in John Cale's band at the 2015 Supersense Festival at Hamer Hall.
- Touring Australia in November and December 2012 as a violist and vocalist in Missy Higgins’ band.
- Playing Musical Saw live for Tim Finn on Rockwiz.
- Working with Sailor Days, Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe (The Drones) on a co-composed score for ABC documentary, ‘Utopia Girls’
- Playing with Magic Silver White, Kes Band, Disaster Plan, Laura Jean Band, Tim Finn and Jherek Bischoff among others
- Recording with Laura Jean, Ross McLennan, Pony Face, Ned Collette, Architecture in Helsinki, Blue King Brown and Jen Cloher among many others.
- Studying for three weeks in May 2012 with American composer Paul Dresher as an Associate Artist in residence at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida.
- Spending three days in January 2012 performing improvised duets with Graeme Leak’s melting ice sound sculpture at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of Graeme’s Sound Explorers exhibition.
- Releasing an album under the moniker Sailor Days in 2011, funded by Victoria Rocks, an initiative of Arts Victoria.
- Being commissioned by the City of Yarra to arrange a medley of Australian Rules Football songs in seven different languages for choir, brass quartet and rhythm section. The premier of the medley was performed at the 2011 re-opening of Victoria Park as a community space, formerly home to Collingwood Football Club.
- Performing at the 2011 32nd Stage Songs Festival in Wroclaw, Poland with Sydney performer Mrs Bang (Sheridan Harbridge).
- Being nominated for an award at the 2005 APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards in the category of Best Music for a Documentary for her work on the film ‘Switch on the Night’.
- Receiving a Gold Medal for Excellence for her work on the short film ‘Danya’ and a Silver Medal for Excellence - Audience Choice for Best Impact of Music in an Animated Short Film for ‘The First Thing I Remember’ at the 2006 Park City Film Music Festival, USA.
- Been awarded an Australia Council funded scholarship to a residency in the Joshua Tree Desert, California in January 2014 to collaborate with visual artist Megan Evans.